Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To not thaw; to (re-)freeze or remain frozen.
  • verb To thaw out, to unfreeze; to become soft (of something which had been frozen).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb become or cause to become soft or liquid

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

The senses, opposites in meaning, are from un- ("reverse, undo") + thaw ("melt") and un- ("release, extract") + thaw ("melt"), respectively. The sense "not thaw, remain frozen" is from the late 1500s.

Examples

  • There are so many productions in town where the plug has been pulled and it's a little depressing, but maybe things will start to unthaw.

    2morrowknight: The Social Media Genius of Kim Sherrell

  • There are so many productions in town where the plug has been pulled and it's a little depressing, but maybe things will start to unthaw.

    2morrowknight: The Social Media Genius of Kim Sherrell

  • • "This thaw — took a while to thaw, it's going to take a while to unthaw."

    Bushisms over the years

  • • "This thaw — took a while to thaw, it's going to take a while to unthaw."

    January 2009

  • • "This thaw — took a while to thaw, it's going to take a while to unthaw."

    Bushisms

  • And it looks like the first sector to unthaw will be the green parts.

    What Green Jobs?

  • The truck is frozen, and they're trying to unthaw the truck.

    CNN Transcript Jan 14, 2004

  • KING: By the way, I think I said they're trying to unthaw the truck in New Jersey.

    CNN Transcript Jan 14, 2004

  • Only at a hearth where homeliness and cordiality united to unthaw his proud reserve could Godwin perchance have found the companionship he needed.

    Born in Exile

  • Ever so slowly Manal started to unthaw and in her broken English would write messages to Aziz wanting to know how he planned to find his own wife and how to do this in a way that would not offend his family, especially his mother.

    American Bedu

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.